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disinter Syllabification: dis·in·ter
Pronunciation: /ˌdisənˈtər/

Definition of disinter in English:

verb (disinters, disinterring, disinterred)

[with object]
1Dig up (something that has been buried, especially a corpse).
Example sentences
  • Mopping up continued through the night as frantic efforts were made to disinter the troops buried in the tunnels.
  • The ghastly sight of mutilated corpses disinterred from mass graves is psychologically incompatible with calculations about scarce resources, opportunity costs and trade-offs.
  • In 1648 his remains were disinterred and buried under a dunghill, but after the Restoration they were restored to their original resting place.
1.1Discover (something that is well hidden): he has disinterred and translated an important collection of writings
More example sentences
  • Plans for such a move were regarded by observers as an apparent attempt to make political gains from disinterring the past of some of the governing coalition's opponents.
  • Yet it was not until the final chapter, in which Cagliostro's legacy - historical, cultural, philosophical - is disinterred, that I really began to care.
  • So it isn't so much an exasperation, but a mystification, almost amounting to irritation under questioning, that Berkovic should be disinterred from the mental plot to which the manager has evidently assigned him.


Pronunciation: /ˌdis(ə)nˈtərmənt/
Example sentences
  • In some cases the long-revered bones were found to be fabrications of wax or plaster: films of the disinterments were shown throughout the republic and were a persuasive anti-religious weapon.
  • But after December 4, when he witnessed the disinterment of four American women murdered by Salvadoran soldiers, his life would never be the same.
  • A state of expectation is growing in Spain regarding the disinterment of the body of the great Spanish poet, author and playwright, Federico Garcia Lorca.


Early 17th century: from French désenterrer, from dis- (expressing reversal) + enterrer 'to inter'.

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